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The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin with the continued support of The Sumitomo Foundation in Tokyo, have now commissioned Restorient to conserve three more of their most treasured Japanese paintings. Dating from the early 17th century this set of hand scrolls chart the epic tale of "Hunting the Ogres" It will be possible to follow the conservation of these magnificent hand scrolls here on this blog. We at Restorient are delighted to have the opportunity to share this remarkable project, and to offer some insights into this type of specialist conservation.

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012


Dhr. Joost Kolkman, a professional photographer has visited the Restorient Studio to take a photographic record of the finished hand scrolls.

The scrolls were photographed in extraordinary detail, with three different light sources being used to capture the texture of the paper fibre, the lustre of the gold and silver leaf and the palette of vibrant colour.

The photographs were taken in 8.0cm sections advancing across the entire 28.88 metres and will be stitched together using digital software later. The 27.8cm height of the scrolls will be recorded in 5,000 pixels which means the length of the scroll will be reproduced in a mind blowing 500,000 pixels!


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